- We were delighted to have been shortlisted for @weareforthearts #HeartsForTheArts 2021 Awards for our project A Necklace of Stars’ To read more about our nomination visit >> For The Arts
When life returns to normal the project will go into it’s next phase, working together in peoples own homes, with occasional meet ups in libraries across Derbyshire. Alongside the quilt, a poem and song soundtrack will be inspired by lullabies. Text, image, dialogue, crafts and music will all combine. Lullabies bring calm and comfort, and also tell insightful stories that pass on the depth of human experience from generation to generation.
We are working with The Institute of Mental Health, who will produce an independent report, pinpointing learning points and exploring the significance of this type of focussed work with a marginalised group. The aim is to achieve a new model of artistic practice with isolated older people. Loneliness is a huge problem for older people, The Campaign to End Loneliness states: Making art develops intimate connections […] it counters loneliness, brings togetherness/intimacy, builds confidence, enhances feelings of being valued.
Artist Lois Blackburn is leading the quilt design and making, poet Philip Davenport will lead the creative writing. We are excited to be working with singer songwriter Matt Hill aka The Quiet Loner, again, who will take the lead with creating new lullabies.
After a year of workshops in people’s own homes, we will celebrate the work with community/participant events, and a 12-month exhibition tour around cultural venues across the country.
It’s a really exciting project and we would be thrilled if you could join us in getting involved.
For more examples of embroidered stars for the Necklace of Stars quilt, please visit: